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My Dear Companion

written by: Christine E. Ray



We have only recently met
but there is a sense of inexplicable
an easiness of souls
like greeting an old, dear friend
whom I share a deep
history with

As if we had shared
a babysitter as toddlers
peanut butter sandwiches and Fritos
in the lunchroom in grammar school
protected each other
from others’ hurtful words
fought off each other’s bullies
on the playground
provided band-aids for
each other’s first broken hearts

What is it about you
that feels so comfortable?
So much like home?
There is a piece of you
that feels like it could be
a piece of me
kindred spirits, twin souls

I am struck by the fact
that your shining soul
is easy to embrace and love
unconditionally, even from afar
If I can feel that tenderness
for your heart
for your soul
at times as familiar as my own
my new-old friend
could I learn to love that piece of me?

Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray

Christine E. Ray lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A former Managing Editor of Sudden Denouement Publications, she founded Indie Blu(e) Publishing with Kindra M. Austin in September 2018. Ray is the author of the award-winning Composition of a Woman and The Myths of Girlhood. Her writing is also featured in SMITTEN This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women an Anthology, We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art, Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective, Swear to Me, and All the Lonely People. Read more of her work at Brave & Reckless.
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